AU, RECs meet to strengthen collaboration

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Senior officials from the African Union Commission (AUC), Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and Regional Mechanisms (RMs) are meeting in Nigeria's capital city, Abuja, on the effective implementation of legal and policy instruments towards the strengthening of their cooperation.

During the consultative meeting, which opened on Tuesday, the officials will also discuss the implementation of the AU Peace and Security Council (AU-PSC) Protocol and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) defining the modalities for strengthening relations among the institutions.

They will then make recommendations to enhance collaboration on evolving issues of common interest, new configurations and arrangements in the implementation of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), which comprises the Continental Early Warning System, the Panel of the Wise, the African Standby Force and the Peace fund.

Cross-cutting issues including the AU’s Programme on Counterterrorism, Border Programme, and Security Reform Strategy, among others, are also on the table.

Speaking at the opening, ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman reaffirmed ECOWAS’ commitment to collaborating with the AU and the rest of the international community in regional and international efforts to stabilise the security and political situation in the ECOWAS space.

For his part, AU-PSC Secretary Admore Kambudzi emphasised the importance of the Council as the pillar of the APSA which has asserted itself on several peace and security challenges on the continent.

He therefore called on participants to ensure “we achieve desired results, in accordance with the MoU signed between the AU and the RECs/RMs.”

The meeting, which has the theme: “Towards Enhanced Partnership between the AU and RECs/RMs on Peace and Security,” is part of the week-long, back-to-back high-level meetings on collaboration involving the AUC, the eight RECs/RMs and key developing partners, the ECOWAS Commission said.
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